GET IN presents, the promotions collective formed out of our GET IN project, are excited to reveal their line up of performers touring the Highlands & Islands in early 2018. Until then, and over the next couple of months, we will be delving into the experiences of the youth promoters involved in GET IN.
First up is Amy Boyle age 24, originally from Shetland and now based in Inverness….
Tell us Amy, how did you hear about GET IN?
I was a volunteer crew member for the Kathryn Joseph concert in Inverness, March ’17. My student colleague from the UHI Polkadot Promotions was part of GET IN last year. I helped to set up for the performance and tidy up when it was over. It was an incredible experience and a lot of fun.
What have you enjoyed about your experience with GET IN so far?
I’ve enjoyed actually getting out of my comfort zone, trying something new and finding out I am more capable than I thought I was. When we found out that we would be touring our own acts I realised that I wasn’t scared. I knew what I had to do and was excited and liked my act so much that I felt driven to make it happen.
The training residentials were really good fun and there were challenges inbetween.
Challenges? Tell me a bit about them…
It has been difficult just trying to get people on board – getting responses from external promoters, outwith GET IN, is very slow.
Distances between promoters are a big challenge as it’s also very easy to feel isolated when communication isn’t quick.
Access to wifi is also a challenge especially when communications are geared up to be online.
Did you learn anything off the back of any of these challenges?
You need perseverance when emails bounce back to find correct contact details.
I find that phoning promoters and artists is much more efficient, it cuts out a lot of time in emailing questions and answers.
Going forward, what difference do you think GET IN made to you?
My GET IN experience has inspired me to keep going and see things through to the end – 2 / 3 years ago I would have thought I couldn’t see it through. – I am capable now and the support has been really good which calms me down, especially from Tamara.
As part of GET IN, we offer opportunities to Go See gigs / shows without any financial burdens, tell us a bit about that experience….
It was incredibly terrifying to travel and go see shows myself . Ultimately I am really glad I did it. The first two were in Inverness – Xpo North – Never Mind the Festival
SO whats next for Amy Boyle and GET IN?
I don’t know whether I can stay with GET IN yet because I need to know what I’m doing next year. I plan to stay in Inverness and will keep in touch with The Touring Network.
Its been a pleasure hearing about Amy’s journey sofar. To stay tuned with the announcement of her programmed artist, make sure you sign up to the GET IN presents mailing list and keep an eye on #GETINTOUR
BIRD RADIO now announced: http://www.thetouringnetwork.com/get-presents-announces-first-act-bird-radio/